Chun wins the LPGA Championship at the end of the suspense

The South Korean won the PGA Championship by finishing strong on the last lap to win her third Grand Slam.

South Korean Chun In-gee, leader since the start, went through all the emotions on Sunday when she saw Lexi Thompson overtake her, before finishing stronger on the 4th and last lap, to win the PGA Championship, her third Grand Slam title, in Bethesda (Maryland).

Crowned at the US Open in 2015 and at the Evian Championship in 2016, the 27-year-old golfer believed she was experiencing a great disillusion, she who had achieved a record first round on Thursday, still had a six-stroke lead on Friday, then more than three on Saturday.

The 33rd player in the world didn’t seem to bear the enormous pressure on her shoulders at first, committing four bogeys in her front nine, while Thompson was much more solid on the sunny course of the Congressional Country Club, near Washington. , by passing two birdies certainly shaded by a bogey.

The fact is that at that time, the American, who was three strokes behind at the start of this last lap, had taken the lead (-6), with two better, on Chun and on the Australian Minjee Lee, emerged from 10th place.

The latter even got closer to one unit, but at N.15, Thompson birdied, with a putt on the edge of the green which notably gave him a two-length lead, giving the impression that victory was not possible. could escape him.

It was without counting on the mental resources of Chun, who made his second birdie of the day on the next hole, when the American cracked by conceding a bogey, then another on the N.17.

Passed back in front at the right time, the South Korean ensured the par on the N.18, like her rival, not without having had a final fright, when her approach almost failed in the water beyond the green. But the tall grass slowed her ball and she then putt without shaking.



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